Illinois Philharmonic Unveils Youth Music Education Institute

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) unveiled its new Youth Music Education Institute this spring during an exclusive concert at Olympia Fields Country Club, and in the process, surprised longtime supporter Marilynn Tannebaum by dedicating the Institute in her honor.

The umbrella for all of IPO’s youth educational endeavors, the Marilynn Tannebaum Youth Music Education Institute is dedicated to broadening instrumental programs that are accessible to all youth through a variety of innovative experiences with professional musicians. The overall vision of the Institute is to develop excitement for orchestral music through engagement between the youth of Chicago’s South Suburban communities and the vibrant, creative musicians of Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.

“IPO is dedicated to ensuring that youth education remains an integral component of IPO’s mission and operations in perpetuity,” explains IPO Executive Director Christina Salerno. “The Institute will be a vehicle for IPO to attract wider community support for youth music programming, thereby increasing opportunities for all children.”

In adding Tannebaum to the Institute’s nameplate, IPO took an opportunity to recognize the transformational impact Tannebaum has had on IPO and the South Suburbs and highlight in perpetuity the heartfelt care and concern she has bestowed on Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra so others will witness, celebrate, and be inspired by her example.

“Marilynn dedicated her professional life to educating and advocating for children and she has dedicated her precious volunteer efforts over more than three decades to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Salerno. “We are so pleased to honor Marilynn’s legacy to both IPO and to the youth of our community through naming the Youth Music Education Institute in her honor.”

An important addition to IPO’s already vibrant youth programming now conducted through the Institute will include yearly performances and workshops by acclaimed harpist Lisa Tannebaum, daughter of Marilynn Tannebaum. Each year Lisa Tannebaum will visit IPO communities to offer a series of small concerts to area schools and community centers, masterclasses to talented young musicians, as well as Meet the Artist visits to local youth performing groups.

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